In Review: Not every child is blessed to have parents who love and care for them. Some children are born into a home that is the ultimate "catch 22". Kind of like the children in this book. Jed and his sister suffer silently at the hands of their verbally and physically abusive father -- the town's preacher. Jed has formed a intense friendship with a girl named Daisy. Daisy also comes from a very neglectful home. Jed and Daisy's friendship comes crashing to an end when Daisy comes up missing.
Jed finds it hard to lean on God when his only view of a "father" is one who is so abusive until one day he finds a note that Daisy left behind. What will she say that will encourage him to see God in a new light?
Rating: 3 coffee cups (Although the characters in this book were magnificent I felt as though the story was "dropped" in several places. Had it been pulled together a little more fully this could have truly been a best selling book.)
ABOUT THE BOOK
The abrupt disappearance of young Daisy Chance from a small Texas town in 1973 spins three lives out of control—Jed, whose guilt over not protecting his friend Daisy strangles him; Emory Chance, who blames her own choices for her daughter’s demise; and Ouisie Pepper, who is plagued by headaches while pierced by the shattered pieces of a family in crisis.
In this first book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper has a sickening secret: He’s convinced it’s his fault his best friend Daisy went missing. Jed’s pain sends him on a quest for answers to mysteries woven through the fabric of his own life and the lives of the families of Defiance, Texas. When he finally confronts the terrible truths he’s been denying all his life, Jed must choose between rebellion and love, anger and freedom.
Daisy Chain is an achingly beautiful southern coming-of-age story crafted by a bright new literary talent. It offers a haunting yet hopeful backdrop for human depravity and beauty, for terrible secrets and God’s surprising redemption.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Daisy Chain, go HERE